HARTLEPOOL AT NIGHT

 

St. Hilda's Church was lit up in various colours during the Wintertide Festival which ran for three days during November 2016.

On one of my trips out at night I couldn't help noticing that the lighting on Stranton Church had been changed from the first time I took it in 2009. I think I do prefer this lighting than the orange glow it had previously. You can see the 'as it was' photograph in the right hand column. All Saints' Church, Stranton - dates back to at least the 12th century, and Christians have worshipped on this site for over 1200 years. Today, the church is the base for a thriving Christian community of all ages, in the evangelical tradition of the Church of England. The church website describes this as "God's light on the hill in the heart of the town".

I do appreciate this is not in Hartlepool but, as this wonderful sculpture of a brick train can be seen just off the A66 near Darlington, and it's not too far away, I thought it was worthy of inclusion on this page. It was was commissioned and created by David Mach in 1997. The train is based on "Mallard" the Sir Nigel Gresley designed A4 pacific locomotive and was constructed using 185,000 bricks. Funding was provided by the National Lottery, Morrisons Supermarkets, Northern Arts, The Department of National Heritage and Darlington Borough Council. For those of you wanting to see it, it is quite close to Morton Park Industrial Estate on the outskirts of Darlington.

I'd been meaning to take these at night for a while and I finally did it. The plane is an ex-RAF Jet Provost T5 XW405 and is in the grounds of Hartlepool College of Further Education in Stockton Street. It initially arrived in town from storage on June 20th, 2012 and, over several months, was fully stripped, repainted and rebuilt by students and staff to restore it to this excellent external display condition. You can see what it looks like in the daytime on my Photographs page.

HMS Trincomalee berthed in The National Museum of the Royal Navy. This was taken from the Premier Inn looking across to the Museum of Hartlepool and Jackson's Wharf public house. You can also see a silhouette of St. Oswald's Church tower on the extreme right.

Jackson's Wharf public house has lots of plants and flowers outside since I took my first night photograph there about four years ago - and nice to see, too!

The Marine Hotel on The Front in Seaton Carew. The first ever night photograph I took of this building was in 2012 but this one is a little more up to date. The building, which is Grade II listed, dates to 1900.

Hartlepool's newest public house and restaurant, the Stag and Monkey, which is at the junction of Belle Vue Way and Brenda Road in the town.

I always say that old Hartlepool is a very picturesque place to take photographs at night. You can take many shots at the same location and always find something different to see. This is another image showing the ancient Town Wall with the Harbour of Refuge (Pot House) public house on the distant right with light reflections from the promenade in the sea below.

The Trent Class lifeboat 14-12 the "RNLB Forward Birmingham" in Hartlepool Marina in November, 2013. She was stationed at Exmouth between 1996–2008 and is now part of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution relief fleet.

The War Memorial in the well-cared-for Redheugh Gardens in old Hartlepool is always a wonderful sight at night. Shipping, in the Tees Bay anchorage, can often be seen in the far off distance.

The Grand Hotel, at the junction of Swainson Street and Victoria Road, is a Grade II Listed building and, on a plaque which can be seen in the Victoria Road entrance, it is dated 1899. It is a beautiful old building but, with street lighting directly outside, it is not the easiest of subjects with night photography.

The Highlight taken from near the Premier Inn, and the Old West Quay, in Hartlepool Marina just before total night fall.

The "PSS Wingfield Castle" berthed in Hartlepool Marina. The lighting is not brilliant here so I tried a rather long exposure to get this photograph.

I never get tired of trying different angles on St. Hilda's Church at night. The lighting here is not brilliant so it is always a challenge.

Hardwicke Hall Manor Hotel is a Grade II Listed building on a private estate near Hesleden, just outside of Hartlepool. The Hardwicke estate was granted as a gift of mercy and thanks to Ealfrid, son of Britulfine, after fleeing from Danish pirates.

Two images of the Town Square in old Hartlepool taken with a wide angle lens. Both photographs are the same I just thought I'd experiment with the lower one and change it into black and white.

This is the annexe of the Staincliffe Hotel on The Front in Seaton Carew. If my memory serves me well I do believe this was originally a chapel.

The Abbey Church of St. Hilda towers above the Town Wall and Sandwell Gate. If my memory serves me well this was one in a series of the first ever night photographs I took.

The lighthouse at the end of the Pilot's Pier in Hartlepool. The sun was setting as I took this photograph with a 30 second exposure. The lights of Seaton Carew and the Marina can be see in the background.

Across the Bay from the Town Wall.

Seating on the Town Wall.

The Old West Quay, restaurant and bar, which is next to the Premier Inn in Hartlepool Marina.

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